As a high school English teacher, I taught many things that didn't excite me or pique my personal interests. That's part of the job when one is following a curriculum, meeting standards, and working with other teachers.
"The average five-year-old asks 65 questions per day, most of them starting with "why." The average 44-year-old manager only asks six questions per day; most of them starting with "when," "where," or "how much."
The number of questions we ask per day doesn't increase until retirement. Why retirement? Because that's when we start asking, "Where are my keys?" and "Why did I walk into this room?"
In this animated three-minute video, Chic Thompson the author of What a Great Idea!, will help you "jump start" your question asking ability."
In this video podcast How Fiction and Nonfiction Can Interact in the Common Core Classroom, Lauren Davis sets the record straight on how much fiction is still allowed in the Common Core, how it can be taught along with nonfiction, and provides suggestions for selecting and incorporating engaging nonfiction texts.
The Common Core’s Anchor Standard 6 for writing in grades K–12 requires students to “use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing and to interact and collaborate with others” (emphasis mine). Here are some ideas for meeting this standard (besides the obvious use of technology—word processing).
An award-winning English and Social Studies teacher at Luther Burbank High School in Sacramento, Calif., Larry Ferlazzo is the author of Helping Students Motivate Themselves: Practical Answers To Classroom Challenges, The ESL/ELL Teacher's Survival...
"Many people still hold to the belief that nonfiction writing is “just the facts,” often synonymous with formulaic, dull writing. Nothing could be further from the truth! For years, authors of all genres have honed their writing by reading literary nonfiction by the likes of David McCullough, Anna Quindlen, John McPhee, Susan Orlean, and so many others."
Key findings from the NCLE survey, explored in more detail in the body of the report, yield the following conclusions about how US educators are currently working together to meet rising literacy expectations and how best to support them going forward.
Literacy is not just the English teacher's job anymore.Working together is working smarter.But schools aren't structured to facilitate educators working together.Many of the building blocks for remodeling literacy learning are in place.Effective collaboration needs systemic support.
Via Mel Riddile
In the shift to the Common Core, he says we are leaving behind the balanced literacy approach of Lucy Calkins and the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project, which he says has done a disservice to students.
Interesting article: ". Students that use social media from an early age learn to view it as more than just a distraction"
question: educators who minimize employability: % who have kids? yes...........when I leave the Earth, I really need to know my kids will be able to feed themselves, Desire to learn and lifelong learning? That was my job. Incorporating THAT into their education is their job.